Recent Falun Gong Activities Around the World
(Minghui.org) May has been a busy month for Falun Gong practitioners. Besides holding celebrations for the 20th annual World Falun Dafa Day and founder Master Li Hongzhi's birthday, practitioners have also participated in various community events and other activities throughout the world.
Through these activities, Falun Gong practitioners share the beauty of this mind-body cultivation practice and raise public awareness of the 20-year persecution of Falun Gong in China.
This report covers six events in different corners of the world: Canada, Norway, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, and Taiwan.
Practitioners from the Ottawa area attended the 67th International Tulip Festival on May 20. This is a very popular festival, attracting approximately 650,000 visitors each year.
The practitioners held a large-scale group exercise demonstration at Dow's Lake. Many tourists stopped by and talked to practitioners and quite a number of people expressed interest in learning the exercises.
As he watched the group exercises, college freshman Mudar Ayouby said that he would like to join the practitioners because he knows that meditation can release stress. Mudar said he appreciates Falun Gong's guiding principle, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He remarked, “Everybody should try it. It would help everyone worldwide feel peace and experience a reduction in stress. Their lives would be more meaningful.”
When the chair of the Chinese National People's Congress, Li Zhanshu, visited Norway in May to meet with politicians and business executives, he encountered a peaceful protest by Falun Gong practitioners on Parliament Hill on May 15. Practitioners held banners that read “Falun Dafa is good,” and “Stop the persecution of Falun Gong,” which drew attention from passersby. They also distributed a large number of fliers exposing the persecution, especially the state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China. Many people took fliers, talked to practitioners, and expressed their support for the practitioners' peaceful resistance.
On May 18, practitioners from Hamburg, Germany, held a Falun Dafa Information Day. They introduced the practice to the public and called for an end to the persecution in China. Many people signed a petition condemning the Chinese regime's forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience.
Rosemarie Gohlke compared the persecution of Falun Gong to the Nazi genocide. She found the persecution of such a peaceful group unbelievable, and thanked practitioners for telling her about this atrocity.
At the end of April, Turkish practitioners in Antalya participated in a two-day Tourism Festival.
Begüm Borçetin was moved to tears when she heard about Falun Gong's principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She learned the five sets of exercises, and hopes to join the local exercise site.
The organizer of the event, Hatice Bozkurt (left), told practitioners that the festival would not have had the diversity nor would it have been so rich, if it wasn't for Falun Gong's participation. She invited practitioners to attend another local community event.
São Paulo, Brazil
On May 11, practitioners from São Paulo traveled to Bras, a local Chinatown-like business district, to hand out fliers and talk to the public about the lies that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has publicized to slander Falun Gong. They also demonstrated the exercises and held up truth-clarification banners and display boards.
The next day, practitioners from Brasilla held a similar activity.
The waist drum troupe, made up of local Falun Gong practitioners, performed at the annual Toufen Parade on May 11 in Toufen City, Miaoli County.
Among the 38 entries in the parade, the Falun Gong group was one of the most vibrant. Their performance was warmly welcomed by the spectators and local community leaders. Many people called out “Falun Dafa is good” as the group approached.